Family-Placed Death Notice
DeBRA, Jr., Don William Born June 2, 1940 in Dayton Ohio to Don William DeBra, Sr. And Elsaleta (Hamel) DeBra. Don graduated from North Fulton High School in 1958 and received a Bachelors' degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He married Agnes M.B. Dawson (Dee) of Washington, D.C. in 1963 and enrolled in Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1966. After an internship in internal medicine at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he was drafted into the Air Force and served as an army physician in Vietnam in 1968-69. Upon his return, he completed a residency in endocrinology at the University of Rochester. He returned to Atlanta in 1973, establishing a medical practice in endocrinology at DeKalb General Hospital, where he was affiliated until he gave up his practice in 2000 due to the onset of Parkinson's Disease . Don was known among his friends for his broad intellectual interests, particularly in American history; by his colleagues for his abilities as a diagnostician across many fields of medicine; by his patients for his steady disposition and compassion; and by his family for his droll sense of humor. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was active in Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Civil War Roundtable. He is survived by Dee, his wife of 50 years, of Atlanta; sister Susan Smart and her husband William of Tiger, Georgia; son Edward DeBray and granddaughter Ursula DeBray of Olympia, Washington; daughter Elizabeth DeBray and grandson Bishop Pelot of Atlanta; and eight nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held November 16 at 2:30pm at the Atlanta Friends Meeting in Decatur, at 701 West Howard Avenue. The family requests that those who might wish to make donations in his honor should send them to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 23, 2013